This Multi-level Governance Series study focuses on Ukraine’s advances in regional
development, territorial reform and decentralisation since 2014. The Government launched
a reform to merge local governments and strengthen the decentralisation process, giving
additional power and resources to sub-national authorities. In a short period, successful
steps have been taken toward achieving municipal mergers and greater fiscal, administrative
and political decentralisation, complemented by the State Strategy for Regional Development
2015-2020. The first local elections have been held and more public services are being
delivered by certain local authorities. Yet, important challenges remain, ranging
from a need to address rising disparities and adjusting multi-level governance practices
and territorial structures, to better structuring fiscal decentralisation. This report
addresses regional performance and disparities in Ukraine, provides insight into Ukraine’s
current territorial reform and approach to decentralisation, explores the impact of
fiscal decentralisation measures, and includes a case study of the transport sector.
It also provides a set of recommendations for action to support Ukraine in meeting
the conditions for successful decentralisation.
The OECD Multi-Level Governance Study Maintaining the Momentum of Decentralisation in Ukraine was launched in Kyiv on 15 June, 2018.
Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Hennadiy Zubko, OECD Deputy Secretary General Mari Kiviniemi, Ambassador Jan Piekło of the Republic of Poland and Berend de Groot, Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation to Ukraine welcomed participants.